Category Archives: Erhu

Purchasing an Erhu – Part VI

I returned to Jinling Lu with Mei’s mother’s surgeon’s son, a ballet dancer with street smarts who had his informed friends from a music academy on the phone while we browsed and haggled for erhus. His friends claimed that erhus more »

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Purchasing an Erhu – Part V

Erhus are made from a variety of wood types, red sandalwood being the most prized. The erhus that are now being mass produced in factories with impressive quality seem to be of African ebony, but redwoods are still considered to produce more »

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Purchasing an Erhu – Part IV

Meet my favorite erhu dealer, plucking a no-name erhu in the corner, and his somewhat English-speaking crony ready to tell me only what I want to hear about every instrument on the racks. I cannot tell you how relieved I more »

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Purchasing an Erhu – Part III

VIDEO Little Girl Playing Erhu – Part I Little Girl Playing Erhu – Part II Little Girl Playing Erhu – Part III The video above is broken into 3 parts because of uploading constraints. – After watching the guqin lesson, more »

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Purchasing an Erhu – Part II

We started our erhu lesson search by browsing the shops on Jinling Lu. I’ve never seen such an extensive music district before. There are at least 30 separate businesses selling a  range of instruments from ancient erhu’s to electric guitars. more »

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Purchasing an Erhu – Part I

Like every adventure, this musical weekend started with a feast. I met up at Baby Doll with Mei, my coworker, and her cousin, Mei Yi Ling. Studded leather booths with red lanterns broadcast the restaurant’s peculiar fusion of Chinese food more »

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